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Sports Capital Journalism Program Hosts College Basketball Symposium

On the first day of the college basketball season, the Sports Capital Journalism Program hosted a discussion on the state of the industry after an unprecedented period of self-examination and change.

More than six months after the findings of the Commission on College Basketball, which resulted in legislation created by the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the industry was examined by a group of experts with long histories in the game.
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NCAA VP Gavitt Cites Value Of Experience Over Elite Talent

By Aidan Wilkins | @AidanJWilkins

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INDIANAPOLIS – College basketball is evolving right before our eyes. The sport saw tremendous questions arise over a long offseason, as the Commission on College Basketball, led by chair Condoleezza Rice, made recommendations on how the NCAA may adjust its rules to allow more flexibility for men’s college basketball players. From this, many scenarios and questions have risen in regard to the future of the sport and rules such as “one and done,” as many elite talents elect to head to the NBA after just a single season at their institution.
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AP Reporter Marot Describes The Complexities Of Change

By Josh Roller | @Roller_01

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INDIANAPOLIS — Associated Press reporter Michael Marot, a longtime colleague of college basketball writer Jim O’Connell, remembered the reporter who made 20 trips to cover the Maui Invitational basketball tournament before his death in July, 2018.

“[He] was the only guy who went to the Maui Invitationals and never went to the beach,” Marot said. “He was just one of those guys you wanted to be around for days.”
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Benner Describes Conflict On Amateurism Issues

By Mike Williams | @MikeWritesSport

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INDIANAPOLIS — Before expressing his thoughts on the state of college basketball, former vice president of Pacers Sports & Entertainment Bill Benner gave some thoughts on the passing of longtime Associated Press writer Jim O’Connell, who friends and colleagues, for decades, referred to as Oc.

“Oc was the most Hoosier non-Hoosier ever,” Benner said. “He simply loved the game. He was very knowledgeable. He was very forthright.”
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Sean Gregory Fondly Remembers An Uncle, Role Model

By Caleb Lynn | @ CalebLynn1

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INDIANAPOLIS — Sean Gregory spoke on Tuesday afternoon about his relationship with Hall of Fame college basketball writer Jim O’Connell, a relationship that was much bigger than basketball.

Gregory was O’Connell’s nephew. When Gregory was 11 years old, he remembered, O’Connell would deliver media guides he collected through his responsibilities as a reporter for the Associated Press in the hope that Gregory would become involved in media.
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